Scholarships and Grants

Financial support for medical education

Scholarship funds administered by Central Michigan University College of Medicine are based on financial need and/or academic potential as ascertained by the Scholarship Committee. Preference is given to those students who best fit the mission of the school and the criteria outlined for each scholarship award.

Mission Fund Awards

CMU College of Medicine Mission Fund awards recognize students whose interests, experiences and passion closely align with the mission of the College. Students who receive these awards show significant evidence of an ability to help fulfill the College's vision of preparing diverse, culturally competent physicians to meet the needs of Michigan and beyond.

Dean's Award

The CMU College of Medicine grants Dean's Awards annually to out-of-state students who have been accepted to the College of Medicine in pursuit of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. The Dean's Award is valued at approximately one-half the difference between the non-Michigan resident tuition rate and the in-state tuition rate (approximately $10,000 annually).

Recipients of the Dean's Award must be in continuous good standing academically and in good standing with the Student Performance and Conduct Committee (SPCC). The Dean's Award is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters.

The Dean's Award Selection Committee will give preference to applicants admitted to the College of Medicine prior to the AAMC April 30 deadline for notification to all medical schools. The criteria used for selection include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrated interest in working in a primary care specialty field.
  • Evidence of leadership experience with rural and/or underserved populations.
  • First-generation college student or other disadvantaged status.
  • Overall record of academic performance.

The Dean's Award Selection Committee will make recommendations based upon these factors in addition to other supporting factors found in the applicant’s AMCAS and secondary application documents.

Awardees are eligible for external scholarship funds but cannot be combined with other internal CMU College of Medicine-funded merit or scholarship awards. All awards are contingent upon continued funding from institutional sources. If funding for any of your awards is reduced, suspended or eliminated, the affected awards will be reduced or rescinded accordingly.


Other institutional scholarships

  • 1st State Bank Medical Scholarship
  • Fabiano Foundation Medical Scholarship
  • Flagg Medical School Endowed Scholarship
  • CMU President's Medical Scholarship
  • Dr. W.E. and Idonea Hersee Award
  • Isabella Bank Endowed Medical Scholarship
  • Morey Medical Scholarship
  • William and Janet Maar Strickler Scholarship
  • Summit Petroleum Medical Scholarship
  • Rollin M. Gerstacker Endowed Medical Scholarship
  • MidMichigan Health Endowed Scholarship
  • Myler Family CEMD Scholarship
  • Sid and Judy Smith Award
  • Charles Strosacker Endowed Medical Scholarship
  • David C. and Linda M. Johnson Medical Scholarship
  • Hurt Family Endowed Scholarship
  • George Ross Medical Student Scholarship
  • Myler Medical School Endowed Scholarship
  • Gudipati Medical Endowed Scholarship
  • Fred and Joyce Cook Memorial Scholarship

Other scholarship opportunities

National Health Service Corps Scholarships Program
This program provides tuition, educational expenses and a monthly stipend on an annual basis to students who will serve not less than one year for every year of scholarship support, or two years - whichever is greater. Students must be full-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress. To request an application, call 1-800-221-9393.

Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Programs
Information is available on Navy, Air Force and Army Health Professions Scholarship in the Office of Student Affairs. These scholarships provide educational expenses and a monthly stipend. Students who apply and are accepted accrue active military duty on a year-to-year basis, with a minimum of a two-year service obligation. There are also grants available during residency.

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